LATAM advised oneworld earlier today of their decision to partner with an airline outside of the oneworld alliance (Delta Air Lines, linked to SkyTeam). LATAM further advised oneworld that they intend to leave the alliance in due course and in accordance with formal contractual requirements.
oneworld responded to the news and said: “We are disappointed, but we respect their decision. They have been a valued long-term member of the alliance, and we wish them well.
Our priority at this time is to our customers and while LATAM remains a member of oneworld, the full customer benefits will continue to be delivered. As the transition continues, we will work to ensure a seamless experience for our customers.
oneworld remains a strong coalition of high-quality airlines. There has been significant progress in member airlines deepening their bilateral relationships, as evidenced by the recent regulatory approval of the American Airlines and Qantas joint business.“